Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors) marked his return to racing with victory in a weather-affected race that saw Julien Vermote take eighth place. The adverse conditions saw the race reduced from 6 laps to 4 of the circuit and 175km in total. After a series of early moves, Julien Vermote and Reinardt Janse van Rensburg made it into the day’s decisive break with the Belgian, who only recently returned from injury, securing an excellent top-10 position. Julien Vermote – Rider It was quite an epic day, full gas right from the start. It had all the ingredients to have a hard race and then they shortened.